Purdue's Debris yearbook was continuously published from 1889 through 2007. During the entire time period it was a self-supporting publication organized and managed by the Purdue student body on the West Lafayette campus. In 1890 there were two competing yearbooks, A Souvenir and the Debris. The student body voted to continue the Debris. One of Purdue's most famous alums, John T. McCutcheon supplied many of the illustrations for the Debris. The Debris chronicles the rich history of Purdue University from its humble beginnings as a small Midwestern University to an internationally known university that ranks among the top 25 universities in the United Sates.
The project was amazing. More than 56,000 images make up the collection. Each page is searchable, making the collection more accessible. Take time to read the early historical sketches of the university and learn how Purdue matured over the years. Look for loved ones that are pictured on the pages of this fabulous resource.
Use the Advanced Search to narrow your search results. We have detailed instructions for the advanced search in the help system. The help system is also available from the Advanced Search page. When creating your search, limit your search to one or more of the collections found in the drop-down menu used for browsing collections.
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An audio-visual history of Purdue is available through a number of photographic collections. These include Purdue History in Print, Purdue Athletics, Purdue University Administration, Purdue Colleges and Departments, Amelia Earhart at Purdue, Purdue Alumni, Purdue Buildings and Campus Scenes, Purdue Faculty, Purdue Students, Purdue History in Photographs, Purdue Oral History, and Purdue University Newsreels. Other relevant material may be found in the manuscript collection of the archives. Consult the archives finding aids.
There are numerous people that have been involved with several of the collections. Sammie Morris has given the staff the vision to focus on disseminating Purdue history to a larger Audience. Liz Erlewine worked many hours checking the scanning of the Debris. Carl Snow assumed overall management of each of the projects. Jan Addison has insured that the final quality checks were done and managed the metadata for each of the projects.
If you are interested in learning more about any of these collections, please see our contact information.